Feb 22, 2013 4:00pm PST
to make cuts that are coherent than at the level of the entire pentagon. the more discretion you give the white house, the easier these cuts might go. so senator republicans of that said, we're willing to give you that discretion. house republicans are gearing up to pass legislation along those lines as well. the thing is that senate democrats are not going to go along with it and the president doesn't want to go along with it. if the president has that discretion to see to it those cults don't have such disastrous effects then the president actually owns the cuts that he actually has to make. so partly there's a pass the buck dynamic going on here as well. >> let me jump through this quickly on one quick question. if, in fact, this does not -- the sequester comes through and the economy gets into trouble, next year we go to the midterm votes, do you think voters will look back and say, it was the republicans' fault? or do you think by then it will be the usual equation of, you're the party in charge, democrats, the economy's failing again, it's your fault, you pay? what do you think?
Feb 23, 2013 8:00am EST
nuclear site. >>> the pentagon has grounded its new fleet of 51 f-35 fighter jets is after a crack was found in the engine blade of one plane. all of the planes are being tested at the time. none were being used in combat. it's the pentagon's most sophisticated aircraft system and the most expensive, costing almost 4$4 billion. >>> the first lady's efforts to encourage young people to exercise got some support from jimmy fallon. he teamed up with the first lady. there you see it to perform the evolution of mom dancing. fallon asked mrs. obama if she would consider running on the presidential ticket with hillary clinton in 2016. the first lady said she was interested in another job, hosting for "the tonight show" when jay leno retires. she's quick. >> she is quick. >>> here's stacy-ann gooden with a look at the weather. good morning. >> good morning. we're looking at pretty active conditions out west. i know it doesn't look like that, but we want to point your attention to what's going on out across the northeast. this system has been dumping heavy rainfall a
Feb 23, 2013 3:00pm PST
. the pentagon grounding fighter jets, the most expensive weapons system after maintenance crews found a cracked engine blade in one of the fighters. >> arthel: we're going to tell you again about that crash from daytona coming up. but right now let's get to politics. the obama administration issuing dire warnings on what will happen if automatic spending cuts take place on march 1. now, on tuesday, president obama said public safety would be hurt by making it harder for first responders like police, firefighters to handle emergencies. and yesterday transportation secretary ray lahood warned that air traffic control towers would be shut down, causing delays for travelers across the country. speaking yesterday on fox news, republican senator rand paul accused president obama of using, quote, mystery ontics to make his case. >> the sequester is a slow down in the rate of growth of government. it's the least we can do. our country is drowning in a sea of debt borrowing $50,000 a second. we have to slow down spending and for the president to use this mystery ontics is really beneath the office of th
Feb 23, 2013 5:00am PST
, the pentagon has grounded the entire fleet of f-35 fighter jets. a crack was found in the engine of one of the planes during a routine inspection. $400 billion, the f-35 program is the most expensive weapons system in military history. >>> five, now with no deal in sight, we are six days away from forced spending cuts that will slash $85 billion in spending and the white house is putting pressure on republicans. >> the here is the thing. these cuts don't have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little compromise. they can pass a balanced plan for deficit reduction. they can cut spending in a smart way and close wasteful tax loopholes for the well-off and well-connected. unfortunately, it appears that republicans in congress have decided that instead of compromise, instead of asking anything of the wealthiest americans, they would rather let these cuts fall squarely on the middle class. >> that's the argument from the president. here is is how the gop is firing back. >>> the fact is republicans in congress right now will provide the flexibility to make the necessar